Grace Street owed its reputation as the shopping mecca for the upper South to these two department stores, now closed. Thalhimers was for nearly 100 years one of the best-known department stores in the South. Unified by an aluminum screen, the structure is actually a series of smaller buildings. At the corner of 6th Street is another portion of Thalhimers, built in 1939, with a restrained classical Art Deco facade that would be at home in New York. Next door is the former Miller and Rhoads Department Store (1922, Starrett and Van Vleck; later additions), which was the other big-name department store in Richmond. Closed as well, the Miller and Rhodes building, in a restrained red brick colonial idiom, was designed by a wellknown New York firm.
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Miller and Rhoads Department Store
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